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Re: Africa Source II

From:

Tobias Eigen <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 18 Oct 2005 11:57:27 -0700

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Hi Steve and all!

Please note the deadline for applying has been extended to October  
24. The organizers want participants from a greater range of  
countries in Africa, and practitioners as well as software  
developers. It will be a very good experience, so please consider  
applying!

Cheers,

Tobias

--
Tobias Eigen
Co-Executive Director

Kabissa - Space for Change in Africa
http://www.kabissa.org

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On Oct 18, 2005, at 11:45 AM, Steve Song wrote:

> fyi...
> ======================================================================
>
> Africa Source II - Free and Open Source Software for Local Communities
> Kalangala, Uganda - Jan 08-Jan 15, 2006
>
> Africa Source II will be an eight day hands-on workshop aimed at  
> building the technical skills of those working with NGOs on the  
> continent. It will take place in one of the most beautiful parts of  
> the Kalangala Island on Victoria Lake during the beginning of  
> January 2006.
>
> Africa Source II will bring together more than 100 NGOs and NGO  
> technology support professionals working at the local level across  
> the region, together with a handful of field leaders from Africa,  
> Europe, North America and Asia. Africa Source II will be a free and  
> open source software (FOSS) event. It's primary goal will be to  
> increase the practical use of FOSS desktop applications and tools  
> amongst the non profit sector in Africa.
>
> Specifically, Africa Source II will focus on how Free and Open  
> Source Software (FOSS) can be integrated into the mission-critical  
> work of NGO's. We will be bringing together nearly 100 NGO Support  
> Professionals and NGO Staff from across Africa to learn new skills,  
> exchange tips, and share experiences. All participants will have a  
> history of work with service and advocacy NGOs, educational  
> organisations, NGO resource centres, community centres and health  
> information organisations.
>
> Participants with a range of experience will learn from one another  
> about how FOSS can help make their NGO's more efficient, build  
> capacity and assure that they are complying with software licensing  
> laws. They will be given an opportunity to develop their  
> understanding of FOSS, including exploring the challenges and the  
> future potential of FOSS adoption. There will be a range of  
> sessions for participants to take part in and will include:
>
>     * How to help NGO's plan for, migrate to and adopt FOSS  
> applications
>     * How to use FOSS applications to handle information, publish
>       content using citizen's media tools and engage constituency
>     * How FOSS can increase accessibility through localization,
>       translation into local language and dialects
>
> During these sessions participants will get an opportunity to learn  
> from peers about how FOSS has impacted their work through case  
> studies and skill shares. The workshops will be lead by a range of  
> facilitators from the respective region with strong experience in  
> deploying free and open source solutions and of working in the non- 
> profit sector. They will be joined by a handful of others with  
> relevant experiences from developing and transition countries, as  
> well as a select number of leaders in from specific fields
>
> The camp will focus on learning by doing, rather than by listening.  
> We aim for a "workshop vibe" as opposed to a "conference vibe"; we  
> hope that elements like the location, shared housing, and the  
> nature of the sessions keep the energy level high and the interest  
> in active participation over passive learning strong. Like other  
> source events, Africa Source II will be intentionally designed to  
> foster community building, this creates an atmosphere conducive to  
> learning, but more importantly is essential if longer term  
> relationships are to be built.
>
> Building on the previous Africa Source event (Namibia, March 2004),  
> which brought together African FOSS developers working in the  
> social sector, Africa Source II will work at the next level to  
> bring together those working at the complimentary intermediary  
> level. Besides new ideas, skills and contacts that participants  
> will gain they will also leave the workshop equipped with an event  
> specific version of NGO-in-a-box, a collection of Free and Open  
> Source Software that will be relevant to their work.
>
> The Association for Progressive Communication APC (regional  
> network), Fantsuam Foundation (Nigeria), Schoolnet Africa (regional  
> network), Translate.org.za, WOUGNET (Uganda) and The Tactical  
> Technology Collective (the Netherlands) will collaborate to  
> organise the content of the workshop and to build strong  
> relationships between the participants. The project partners are  
> committed to examining the challenges of implementing FOSS in the  
> African context, stretching its potential to fit the needs on the  
> ground, and building local capacities to realise this. Our local  
> partners there are East African Center for Open Source (EACOSS),  
> Linux Solutions and WOUGNET.
>
> We are able to organise Africa Source II thanks to generous support  
> from  IDRC - The International Development Research Centre (http:// 
> www.idrc.ca/), OSI - Open Society Institute Information Program
> (http://www.soros.org/initiatives/information) and OSISA Open  
> Society Initiative for South Africa (http://www.osisa.org/).
>
> Previous source events have taken place in Croatia - September  
> 2003, Namibia - March 2004 and India - February 2005. As well as in  
> Middle East & Northern Africa future source events will take place  
> in Central Asia (http://www.tacticaltech.org/fossroad) and Middle  
> East. Interaction and learning between these regional events is  
> facilitated through the exchange of project models and individual  
> expertise.
>
> For more information please visit http://www.tacticaltech.org/ 
> africasource2
>
> We are now accepting applications! The deadline for sending in  
> applications is October 15th, 2005. Please find the form here  
> http://www.tacticaltech.org/africasource2/applications
>
> Participants will be selected by the Advisory Group based on their  
> interest and experiences. There will be a small registration fee  
> for the event. A limited number of travel and registration fee  
> scholarships will be available and may be applied for on  
> application. If you would like to receive an application form or  
> have any questions please write to [log in to unmask]
>
>
> -- 
> Steve Song <[log in to unmask]>
> Manager ICT4D Africa Programs
> http://www.connectivityafrica.org
> http://www.idrc.ca/acacia
> International Development Research Centre
> Tel. +1 613 236 6163 x2268  Mobile: +1 613 799 1152
> Email to SMS address:  [log in to unmask]
>

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